Wigan Warriors will say farewell to four players at the end of the 2010 season with Mark Riddell, Iafeta Paleaaesina, Phil Bailey and Shaun Ainscough all leaving the Club.
Mark Riddell confirmed to the Club at the end of June that he wished to return to Australia for family reasons and, on compassionate grounds, the Club granted the hooker a release from his contract for 2011. The contracts of Paleaaesina, Bailey and Ainscough come to an end in November and the decision has been made by the Club that they will not be renewed.
Speaking about the departing players, Head Coach Michael Maguire said,
"We are sorry to see the departure of these four players and thank them all for their service to Wigan.
"We knew about Mark's situation in June and we will be sad to lose him but fully understand the reasons behind his decision.
"Feka Paleaaesina and Phil Bailey have both given exceptional service to the Club. Phil has been an extremely valuable member of the Senior Group and has shown his commitment to Wigan both on and off the field, particularly with his willingness to play out of position whenever called upon and his support of the younger players. Feka has added many special moments to games for Wigan fans and his popularity, good humour and sheer effort for Wigan have been exceptional.
"Whilst he played so well in the previous Season, Shaun Ainscough has played only once so far for the First Team in 2010 having spent a good proportion of the season under dual registration and on loan. The decision to release him to allow him to get Super League experience elsewhere was very difficult but we felt this was the right choice for Shaun and for the Club at this time in his career. It is never an easy decision to release players but under the constraints of the Salary Cap we will never be able to keep every young player who comes through our system and it is important to give them the chance to develop elsewhere. We hope Shaun does well and, as a Wiganer, he will always be welcome back at the DW Stadium.
"I wish them all well for the future and I know that all four players will want to end their time at Wigan with success as we now look forward towards the Play-Offs."
There are still players within the squad that the Club are talking to about new contracts.Announcements on the future of these players will be made in due course.
Fans will be able to thank the departing players after Friday's game when the side will also be presented with the League Leaders Shield. Tickets for Friday's last home game of the regular season aginst Bradford Bulls are still available by calling the DW Stadium Ticket Office on 0871 66 33 552 and online Click Here